The government is about to bring the vaccine to your door. Seattle Fire Department paramedics will be going door to door starting Thursday to vaccinate “residents of adult family homes throughout the city.” They will start by going to “adult family homes.”
The city of Seattle was approved late last week as a distributor of COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced. “The City” refers to anyone employed and currently accepting a paycheck from the city government of Seattle. Durkan framed the new push as the first in what will eventually be a major city effort to distribute the vaccine from sites spread throughout the city.
And just what, exactly, do you think will happen if you refuse the vaccine from a paramedic? An armed police officer will likely be there next to “follow the orders” of the mayor. It’s begun. “We have to get these shots out of refrigerators and into people’s arms,” the mayor said. “We hope that if we get steady supplies, we will stand up mass vaccination sites side by side with our testing sites.”
The city has, for months, operated four free drive-up coronavirus testing sites that, city officials said, have conducted more than 556,000 tests.
“It will really have to be an all-hands-on-deck approach,” she said according to a report by EMS1. The mayor stressed that to reach the 70% vaccination rate of its adult population, King County will have to vaccinate 1.3 million people, giving out 2.6 million shots. “It is an undertaking that our country has never done before, not on this scale.”
Seattle Fire plans to complete the first round of vaccinations by Jan. 24 and the second dose by Feb. 21.
Since receiving vaccines in mid-December, the state has struggled to quickly vaccinate the most vulnerable people: long-term care residents and health care workers. CVS and Walgreens, which have been contracted to set up vaccine clinics at long-term care facilities, have fumbled scheduling vaccine clinics, after waiting weeks for state approval.
The Washington State Department of Health on Saturday approved Seattle Fire as a vaccine distributor. –EMS1
Far-left Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants bars and restaurants to reopen for indoor service “as quickly as possible,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
“I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopened. If we look at the various criteria that the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those,” Lightfoot said Thursday, the paper reported, adding that she said she would discuss the matter with Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “But I want to get our restaurants and our bars reopened as quickly as possible.”
What are the details?
The Tribune said it’s Pritzker call regarding when bars and restaurants can reopen for indoor service — and while the city can set stricter rules, it can’t enact less-stringent rules.
Lightfoot added that restaurants are highly regulated, get inspections, and have gone “above and beyond” to use indoor “mitigation controls,” the paper noted.
“They are going to be one of the safer places,” she said, according the Tribune.
The mayor also explained reopening bars and restaurants can help turn back the trend of underground parties that spread COVID-19, the paper noted.
“Let’s bring it out of the shadows, let’s allow them to have some recreation in restaurants, in bars, where we can actually work with responsible owners and managers to regulate and protect people from COVID-19, so I feel very strongly that we are very close to a point where we should be talking about opening our bars and restaurants,” Lightfoot declared, according to the Tribune.
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Lightfoot criticized Pritzker in October when he announced that he would be closing indoor service at bars and restaurants due to a spike in coronavirus cases but she later dropped her objection.
In recent months, Lightfoot has attempted to position herself as a friend to bars and restaurants though she has also faced criticism for the city’s anti-coronavirus measures, including stricter rules on liquor sales, which she’s since rescinded.
The mayor has also been criticized for how she’s handled the reopening of Chicago Public Schools amid COVID-19.
Earlier this month, Lightfoot reiterated a stay-at-home advisory telling people not to go out unless it’s necessary. Schools are exempt from the advisory, but the Chicago Teachers Union has said the order and reopening schools are contradictory.
It should come as no surprise to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to the daily nightmare that is Portland, Oregon, that its left-wing Mayor Ted Wheeler isn’t left-wing enough for violent leftists who roam the streets looking for their pound of flesh.
What’s the background?
You may recall that Wheeler tried chatting with leftist rioters back in July after they’d been burning down his city night after night — and they proceeded to shred him to bits. As Wheeler walked into the crowds for what he deemed a “listening session,” some threw objects toward him while others called for his resignation, chanting, “Tear Gas Teddy,” the New York Times said.
He was booed, he was cursed out, he was shouted down, he was harassed. “F*** Ted Wheeler!” one leftist shouted out before adding that the mayor is a “f***ing fascist!”
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“He’s a fucking fascist” a protester yells at Portland mayor @tedwheeler
Ted joined the rioters later that night… https://t.co/UA0ie570EX
Fast-forward to what apparently had been a peaceful dinner for Wheeler and a companion Wednesday night at Cafe Nell’s outdoor dining area.
Well, as the mainstream media enjoys saying, it was mostly peaceful.
See, some folks started yelling obscenities at Wheeler from outside the tent, mayoral spokesman Jim Middaugh told the Oregonian in a statement. And soon the thugs eventually “pushed their way past restaurant employees” and confronted the mayor, Middaugh told the paper.
But after Wheeler asked the group to leave, “one member of the group started swatting at the mayor and made physical contact with him,” Middaugh added to the Oregonian.
Eater noted that “Tevis” is Wheeler’s middle name.
Police told the Oregonian that no one has been arrested and authorities are investigating the incident.
“Given the tenor of political discourse nationally and locally, it’s not unusual for people to confront the mayor and other elected officials in public. It’s part of the job,” Middaugh added to the outlet. “The mayor will continue to support local restaurants and businesses as often as he can. He urges others to do the same.”
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has requested National Guard troops to be present during Wednesday’s “Stop the Steal” rally in support of President Donald Trump. Bowser has also urged residents to avoid downtown as Trump supporters plan to descend on the United States capital to protest the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.
The presence of the military during a rally is definitely a ramping up of tensions. However, ironically, the mayor made no such call for military help when Black Lives Matter protesters set fires, vandalized national monuments, and hurled rocks and bottles of urine at Secret Service agents earlier this year, as RT pointed out.
In fact, Bowser in June called on Trump to withdraw National Guard soldiers and other federal forces who had been deployed to help quell riots at the time.
Bowser’s office told media outlets on Monday that she had asked the National Guard to send about 340 unarmed troops to help District of Columbia police and firefighters to manage demonstrations by supporters of President Trump, but noted only 115 would be deployed at once. The mayor advised Washington residents to stay out of the downtown area and refrain from engaging with protesters who “come to our city seeking confrontation.”
But some have been reminding the mayor of which groups have been notorious for violence and destruction.
Dear @MayorBowser:@realDonaldTrump supporters weren’t the ones rioting, looting big-screen TVs from Best Buy, tearing down Lincoln statues, torching churches, throwing rocks at police, and beating up innocent bystanders.
The mayor has often sided with destructive and violent groups. She renamed a street in front of the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and ordered that the BLM slogan be painted on the pavement in giant letters. Some people are rightly pointing out her cowardice and hypocrisy.
#MurielBowser is a coward. She cannot fathom that a few hundred thousand people could peaceably assemble to protest bc all she understands is rioting and looting.
Perhaps the national guard presence is more about the possible confrontation between the two divided political factions, and less about who throws the first punch. Hopefully, people start to figure out who is keeping the public divided so they can enslave them. Spoiler: It’s the ruling class, aka, politicians like Muriel Bowser.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) reiterated to his constituents Friday, “I like to say very bluntly, our mission is to redistribute wealth,” a declaration he has made before although he recognized that “a lot of people bristle at that phrase.”
What are the details?
During a press conference, de Blasio began by voicing his support for the findings of a recently-concluded investigation by the city that determined the NYPD “made a number of key errors that likely escalated tensions and a potential for violence” during the protests following the death of George Floyd. He promised the police department would be reformed.
“The COVID era has taught us that so clearly, and we need to do better and we will,” de Blasio said. “And that means a commitment to fighting disparities and inequality in every part of the life of New York City and that certainly takes us to education where if you’re talking about the problems of disparity, if you’re talking about structural racism, certainly policing is not the only area to talk about. There are many areas to talk about and education must be front and center.”
“There has been so much that needed to be addressed in education in New York City, and from the beginning, what I tried to focus on was a very simple concept: equity and excellence,” he continued. “That we needed to profoundly change the distribution of resources.”
De Blasio emphasized, “I like to say very bluntly, our mission is to redistribute wealth.” He added, “A lot of people bristle at that phrase, that is, in fact, the phrase we need to use.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Our mission is to redistribute wealth.” https://t.co/42Dv9tsRK0
De Blasio has used such phrasing before, even just recently.
In August, the New York Post reported that de Blasio “made a public plea” for “taxing the rich and redistributing their money even as the Big Apple reels from a coronavirus-induced budget crisis that’s already caused well-heeled New Yorkers to head for the hills.”
“Help me tax the wealthy. Help me redistribute wealth. Help me build affordable housing in white communities if you want desegregation,” the mayor told a caller on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” during a discussion about schools.
“What changes things is redistribution of wealth,” he reiterated. “Tax the wealthy at a much higher level. I just feel like this is a lot of cocktail party comfort going on rather than people honestly dealing with this issue.”
But de Blasio’s insistence on further taxes on wealthy New Yorkers has received pushback even from fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has pleaded with high earners to stop fleeing the state in a mass exodus that began when the coronavirus and lockdowns hit.
Cuomo pointed out earlier this year that the wealthiest one percent of New Yorkers pay roughly half the taxes collected in the state.
The mayor of Austin, Texas, acknowledged to KVUE-TV that when he made a video last month warning residents to “stay home” to slow the coronavirus spread, he was on vacation in Mexico with family members and others.
What are the details?
In the warning video posted to his Facebook page Nov. 9, Mayor Steve Adler said, “We need to stay home if you can…We need to keep the numbers down. Now is not the time to relax,” the station reported.
But Adler confirmed to KVUE that when the video was recorded, he was on vacation in Cabo San Lucas with eight people, including immediate and extended family, after flying from Austin on a private jet.
Here’s the clip:
Two days earlier, Adler hosted a wedding and reception at an Austin hotel for his daughter with 20 guests, the station said, adding that the city at the time was under Stage 3 guidelines, which suggest no gatherings of more than 10 people.
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Adler told KVUE Senior Reporter Tony Plohetski that he did not violate his own order or orders by Gov. Greg Abbott and took multiple steps to ensure the safety of his guests, including rapid COVID-19 testing.
But the private actions are from a public official who has been front and center urging Austinites to take COVID-19 precautions — and he even did so while he was out of the country.
Adler also told the station he consulted with Austin’s top health authority — Dr. Mark Escott — and the event was held outdoors, guests had to maintain social distancing and had to have received a COVID-19 test prior to attending, and the bride and groom gave out masks.
But KVUE said several wedding attendees flew to Austin from across the U.S., including a Seattle-based wedding photographer.
“It’s not perfect,” Adler told the station in an interview this week. “Obviously there are infections that could happen. But what we did was stay compliant with the rules.”
Then eight wedding attendees — including Adler and immediate and extended family members — jetted off to Cabo, KVUE said. They stayed for a week at a family timeshare, the Statesman reported.
Timing is everything
The station added that the day after Adler & Co. departed, Escott issued a public warning: “If you are going to go out to a restaurant, go out with your family, the people who live in your household, not the family or friends who don’t live in your household. And start to decrease those travels outside of your home that are not necessary.”
But the week after Adler returned, KVUE said COVID-19 cases spiked — and on Nov. 19 the city raised the threat level to Stage 4, with recommendations against travel and gathering with people outside of your household.
What else did the mayor have to say?
Adler released a statement Wednesday, the station said:
“Every day since March, I repeat that being home is the safest place for people to be. Only at our most trying moments, like around Thanksgiving, have I asked people not to travel as part of extra precautions. Several weeks ago, when my daughter cancelled her planned wedding to replace it with a COVID appropriate more private ceremony and when my family traveled, we consulted with health authorities and worked hard to model the kind of behavior I’ve asked of the community. We were in a lower risk “Yellow” level than now. It is always safest to stay home. However, we aren’t asking people never to venture out. We ask everyone to be as safe as possible in what they do. My family and I are no exception and we’ll continue to do as I ask of our community. During Thanksgiving and as anticipated for Christmas and the New Year, we should all be especially mindful.”
While Adler holds a nonpartisan office, he endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 as well as Democrats Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden over the course of the most recent presidential campaign.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has won a second term leading the city that has been ravaged for months by far-left rioters, fending off a challenge from pro-Antifa rival Sarah Iannarone.
What are the details?
KGW-TV reported that Wheeler secured 46% of the vote against Iannarone’s 41%, while 13% of Portlanders wrote in a candidate.
“”I want to thank the voters of Portland for the opportunity to continue serving as your mayor,” Wheeler told the local station following his victory Tuesday night. “This has not been an easy year for many of us. I know many of you are frustrated with the direction of our city as we address the challenges of a pandemic, an economic recession and protests that have inspired both overdue change and unacceptable violence.”
Iannarone has boasted publicly of holding allegiance to Antifa. Last year, she tweeted, “To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa. I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more. They are coming after our democracy.”
Although Wheeler has blamed “white supremist [sic] organizations” for the violence that has plagued his city rather than far-left activists, the mayor’s campaign dug up evidence to show voters that Iannarone was far too radical even to lead the progressive bastion of Portland.
Last week, after the race had narrowed to neck-and-neck, the Wheeler camp called out Iannarone for tweeting a picture of a ballot in 2016 that she caption as “quite possibly by favorite ‘I voted this way’ photo to date.” The ballot contained write-in votes for Joseph Stalin, Moa Zedong, Fidel Castro, and other murderous communist dictators.
Quite possibly my favorite “I voted this way” photo to date (tho I ? them all) #pdxmayor #forcetherunoff https://t.co/1lEFSWf15y
— sarah iannarone (she/her) (@sarah iannarone (she/her))1462164264.0
Iannarone campaign manager Gregory McKelvey told KOIN-TV that the ballot was not Iannarone’s, but that she “posted the ballots of many of her supporters who sent them in after voting for her.”
Wheeler campaign manager Danny O’Halloran said it does not matter whether the ballot was Iannorane’s or not.
“No one who saw that tweet would have any way of thinking that (it wasn’t her ballot),” O’Halloran told KOIN. “But more importantly it doesn’t really matter. On that ballot is a vote for Sarah Iannarone and everyone else written in was a Communist dictator. And her choosing to post that is just as inflammatory and mocks our democratic institutions in just the same way.”
A prominent activist attorney appeared to make threats against Kansas City police officers during a megaphone tirade outside police headquarters Friday — a portion of which was shared on social media.
What are the details?
“We are seeking to revoke the peace officers’ licenses,” Stacy Shaw hollered while standing with a crowd of supporters. “We are going to start sharing things with your children’s teachers.”
She added, “You don’t think we don’t know where your children go to school? Who the f*** do you think we are?”
Shaw is leading a movement to get Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith fired, among other demands, KCTV-TV reported. In her rant, she accused police of “terrorizing” citizens.
“We are tired, and I don’t make threats,” she added in her megaphone rant. “I don’t make threats, but we’re going to start sharing this information so your children can see it.”
In the end, she said officers “will have no one, no one that loves you after we get done with this next campaign” and that “there will not be a place of peace, there will not be a place of respite, there will not be a place of respect left for anyone that wears this badge. Not one single place. We will make sure that even your children can’t stand you.”
Brad Lemon, president of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police, noted in a Facebook statement that the organization is “aware of the video of Attorney Stacy Shaw threatening our members and their families. Our Lodge has begun work with city and state leadership.”
His statement also indicated that “we urge our membership to remain calm and act as we have been trained to do. We should always be aware of our surroundings and potential threats. Yes, Shaw’s threats serve to raise that threat level. We must remember that while a small number of people may be violent and threatening our families, the majority of this city supports you.”
Lemon concluded by saying, “We do this job and have an understanding of the danger that accompanies our oath. Our families do not deserve what Shaw is threatening.”
Shaw later denied that she threatened police, telling KCTV that “an information campaign is not a threat.”
But Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas — who is black — wasn’t buying her explanation and took Shaw to task.
“That is one of the biggest bull crap statements I’ve ever heard in my entire life,” Lucas said, according to the station. “You do not say I’m going to threaten your spouse and your children simply because you want them to understand the nature of someone’s job. That’s ridiculous and preposterous. Her statements were uncalled for, and she knows better. She’s a lawyer, a member of the bar. We are trained not to make statements like that.”
Lemon reacted similarly to Shaw’s denial, KCTV said: “That’s bull crap. You watched the video, everybody else watched that video. We didn’t edit the video. There were no cuts in that video. She said what she said, and she’s trying to backtrack it now. The reality is she has threatened the families of police officers.”
The station said Shaw noted in a Monday press conference that she no longer will discourage violent protests: “I will be praying for the safety of the officers families because as much as I’ve done for them, as much as I have influence the community to only protest non-violently, it is not my place to tell people how to protest.”
On Friday, I made regrettable statements that I in no way intended as a threat. I sincerely apologize for the brief moment that I was not upholding the values of love and transformative justice I have consistently championed.
To be clear, I do not endorse nor will I ever tolerate harm to police families or children. We all deserve better. This video has become a distraction from the important work of organizers and activists that are on the brink of changing so much in this city and country.
I am taking time to focus on self-accountability and how I may be of further service in this historic movement.
While we acknowledge Ms. Shaw’s apology, which unfortunately is serval days too late, it does not in anyway mitigate the fact that our officers had to endure unwarranted threats from a member of the Missouri Bar.
The FOP will continue to evaluate whether to pursue criminal charges or file appropriate ethics complaints against her with the Missouri Disciplinary Administrator.
In the Portland, Oregon, mayoral race, a supporter of Antifa — violent left-wing militants who’ve been causing mayhem in the city’s streets for months — leads incumbent Ted Wheeler by 11 points, Willamette Week reported, citing a poll of likely voters.
What are the details?
Sarah Iannarone polled at 41% to Wheeler’s 30% with the remaining 29% split between writing in a candidate (16%) or remaining undecided (13%), the paper said, citing the poll conducted on behalf of the Portland Business Alliance. The poll has a 4% margin of error, Willamette Week added.
While the PBA supports the far-left Wheeler, neither campaign conducted the poll; that was handled by DHM Research, the paper said.
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The results are somewhat surprising given that Iannarone finished more than 20 points behind the mayor in the primary, in which Wheeler nearly received the 50% plus one of votes required to avert a runoff.
At the same time, Wheeler has faced intense criticism throughout the summer for his handling of protests and policing. And another recent poll, conducted on behalf of a City Hall police accountability measure, had Wheeler at 26% favorability, the Oregonian reported.
What is Iannarone’s connection to Antifa?
In 2019, Iannarone weighed in decisively for Antifa:
To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa.
I am Antifa because the Red Ha… https://t.co/HBGn3SeAjv
— sarah iannarone (she/her) (@sarah iannarone (she/her))1548616874.0
“To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug, and I am Antifa,” she tweeted. “I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more. They are coming after our democracy.”
In an interview published Saturday, the Oregonian asked Iannrone to share how she would handle “right-wing rallies in the city and the counter-demonstrations that come as a result.” Her response?
I would actually like to see less law enforcement there and more support of community engagement, more support of convivial spectacle. What would it mean for us to follow almost the vortex model where we’re throwing community parties and it was teach-ins around everyday antifascism, and inclusive society in anti-racism trainings and mutual aid trainings, and how you can become a part of whatever commune — a community fair, even. How do you invest in pro social activity that’s going to get your people engaged in a meaningful way, creating outcomes that you want to see when we have, again invested time and again and time and again in law enforcement only to see the outcomes not be positive. And so you have to try something new. … I believe we could deploy more effectively to let these folks know that that kind of bigotry and hatred is not welcome here. But I don’t know that we’ve been operating with maximum creative on this front.
Last month, KGW-TV conducted an interview with Iannarone that dealt with her support for Antifa. While the interviewer specifically asked her to address its violence, Iannarone never acknowledged it — despite readilyavailableevidence.
Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone on antifa
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that the state will enact “aggressive enforcement” of COVID-19 protocols. Cuomo has descended into a full-blown dictator and says he will close non-compliant businesses and schools.
Beginning this week, New Yorkers will be subjected to a police state and dictatorship never before thought possible in the “land of the free.” Queens, Brooklyn, Orange, and Rockland counties have all seen recent increases in positive coronavirus cases, which means politicians are taking new draconian measures against the people to maintain their grip on power. These areas will be the target of “direct enforcement,” ensuring businesses and citizens are abiding by mask mandates, social distancing orders, and other regulations in place in the state, according to a report by RT.
“Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hotspot ZIP codes. [New York State] will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow,” Cuomo tweeted on Sunday after a conference call with members of the press. “As we saw with bars and restaurants when the state initiated enforcement actions compliance greatly increased.”
Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hotspot ZIP codes.
NYS will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow.
As we saw with bars and restaurants, when the state initiated enforcement actions compliance greatly increased.
As far as looting and rioting go, those will likely be left to destroy whatever they want. But police will be aggressively enforcing the draconian COVID-19 rules shoved down the throats of the public. This is a sad dystopian nightmare for the people of New York.
However the State can't take over effective enforcement for every jurisdiction. If a local jurisdiction cannot or will not perform effective enforcement of violating entities, notify the State & we will close all business activity in hotspots where local gov't can't do compliance
The boot is on the neck of New York business owners, and those who survive this horrific tyranny will be the few fortunate ones. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio also announced on Sunday he is seeking the governor’s approval to shut down schools and non-essential businesses in nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods where there has been an increase in positive cases.
“We’re having an extraordinary problem – something we haven’t seen since spring,’’ the mayor told reporters of the uptick in positive cases.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) donned a superhero costume during a Halloween-themed press conference on Thursday, dressing up as the “Rona Destroyer” to roll out the city’s COVID-19 restrictions for the popular holiday.
What are the details?
Before speaking, Lightfoot stood before the lectern with fellow coronavirus-fighting fictional superhero Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, and the two flexed their muscles to pose before the cameras while carrying pails full of candy. The mayor wore a cape that read “Rona Destroyer” as she handed out goodies to members of the press pool.
The mayor announced that trick-or-treating would be allowed but that people “are asked to stay on the move in groups of six people or fewer, avoid sticking their hand into candy bowls and wait until they get home and wash their hands to eat candy,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
Participants are also required to wear masks, and folks handing out candy are encouraged to provide hand sanitizer and practice social distancing rules. House parties of any size and haunted houses are prohibited.
A few weeks ago, the CDC issued guidance to the American public that trick-or-treating is deemed a “high risk” activity, warning against the practice for 2020. But Lightfoot argued that asking kids to stay home on Halloween is not realistic.
“This year more than ever it is important to celebrate Halloween safely and responsibly,” she said.
Lightfoot was hit with some jabs on social media for her get-up, with one twitter user calling the pre-briefing escapades “literally the cringiest thing I’ve ever seen,” and a local radio show’s account tweeted the message, “These are not serious people. This is embarrassing. They are clueless. Enough already.”
Chicago columnist John Kass hit out at Lightfoot’s priorities, writing in reaction to the display, “Chicago murders up 50 percent this month. Who on her staff told @chicagosmayor that this was a good idea?”
Chicago murders up 50 percent this month. Who on her staff told @chicagosmayor that this was a good idea? https://t.co/fwMJuS6vmk
The powers-that-shouldn’t -be are still lying about the COVID-19 numbers six months after the initial fear-mongering began. Now there are reports that Nashville “officials” concealed the low infection rates coming out of bars and restaurants.
The panic and fear have subsided a lot, yet we are still told to mask up to prevent the spread of a virus that isn’t deadly at all. Even with all the information and continual reports that the ruling class lied repeatedly, people are still not getting it. It’s way past time to wake up to this hoax.
Now, new reports show that leaked emails between the senior adviser to Nashville’s Mayor and a health department official reveal a disturbing effort to conceal extremely low coronavirus cases emanating from bars and restaurants, while the lion’s share of infections occurred in nursing homes and construction workers, according to WZTV Nashville. So why were bars and restaurants shut down? It’s a culling of the middle class. But we already know this.
On June 30th, contact tracing was giving a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes causing problems more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases.
Leslie Waller from the health department asks “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?”
“Correct, not for public consumption.” Writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles. –WZTV
Four weeks later, Tennessean reporter Nate Rau asked the health department: “the figure you gave of “more than 80” does lead to a natural question: If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn’t that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?”
To which health department official Brian Todd scrambled for an answer – asking five health department officials: “Please advise how you respond. BT.”
The response – from an official whose name was omitted from the leaked email: “My two cents. We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those numbers are low per site,” adding “We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be “because that number is increasing all the time and we don’t want to say a specific number.”” –ZeroHedge
According to a metro staff attorney, who was asked by city councilmember Steve Glover to verify the authenticity of the emails, “I was able to get verification from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Health that these emails are real.” Glover told WZTV: “They are fabricating information. They’ve blown there entire credibility Dennis. It’s gone I don’t trust a thing they say going forward …nothing.”
Glover says he has been contacted by an endless stream of downtown bartenders, waitresses, and restaurant owners. Why would they not release these numbers?
“We raised taxes 34 percent and put hundreds literally thousands of people out of work that are now worried about losing their homes their apartments etcetera and we did it on bogus data. That should be illegal!” he says.
Again, we weren’t told by the mayor’s office this wasn’t true. We were told to file a freedom of information act request. –WZTV
This entire debacle was a sam from beginning to now. The problem is when people figure out this was a scam to bring in the New World Order, those who seek power over peole will likely pull another stunt. Keep your eyes open. It’s hard to say for sure, but this doesn’t feel “over” yet.
The mayor of a New Jersey city ordered his police officers to remove their thin blue line masks prior to a 9/11 tribute ceremony last week.
What are the details?
Fair Lawn PBA Local 67 said on its Facebook page that Mayor Kurt Peluso “ordered” Police Chief Glen Cauwels to tell participating officers to remove the masks since they are “political.”
“The Thin Blue Line is a tribute to all fallen police officers including those lost on 9-11,” the post added. “To interpret it otherwise would be hollow hearted. This is where we stand.”
Image source: Facebook/Fair Lawn PBA Local 67 screenshot
What did the mayor have to say?
Peluso told WKXW-FM that an Aug. 3 rally that “went in the wrong direction” prompted his decision about the masks.
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According to NorthJersey.com coverage of the Aug. 3 event, Bergen County’s rapid deployment team was called in by police when a planned vigil at the Borough Hall devolved into a shouting match between Black Lives Matters protesters and supporters of law enforcement.
“There were a lot of hate groups here with their flags and banners, which really didn’t replicate what our community is,” Peluso told the station. “There’s some issues some of the residents had with the Blue Lives Matter flag. Our chief, borough attorney, and assistant borough manager at the time had a conversation and decided it was best not to wear them and go in different direction.”
The mayor added to WKXW that he viewed the 9/11 ceremony as a chance for everyone to “rally around the American flag and come together as a community. I mentioned to the chief I’d prefer if they didn’t wear those masks [at the ceremony] so we could stand together as a community.”
Peluso added to the station that “what’s really touching for me about 9/11 is the American flag. It’s something we all really appreciate during that time.”
What did police union heads have to say?
Patrick Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, told WKXW he disagrees with the mayor’s call.
“The thin blue line is now apparently divisive because a group said it was, and a white supremacy group flew it at a rally some time ago,” Colligan told the station in a text. “It is nothing more than a source of pride within our profession. Mayor Peluso should have done some basic research before he jumped on the misinformation bandwagon. We lost 37 members of the Port Authority police on 9/11.”
Stephen Cannici, president of Fair Lawn’s PBA Local 67, told WKXW that he’s “sure” that officers who had to remove their thin blue line masks “were not happy about it, but they did comply with the order of the police chief.”
Cannici also told the station the mayor’s decision was “disrespectful.”
“We are united behind one flag. The thin blue line flag represents the law enforcement officers who have given their lives protecting the citizens of the country,” Cannici added to WKXW. “For me it’s just a respectful thing of showing honor to people who would give up their lives.”
The mayor added to the station that he has friends who are NYPD officers and that at the 9/11 Ground Zero ceremony, members of the force did not wear thin blue line masks.
“We understand there are some political issues at this time, and this is a day for us all to come together,” Peluso noted to WKXW “I think the NYPD really set the tone, and I think everyone should listen to them when it comes to 9/11.”
Thin blue line flags and masks have become a contentious issue of late:
New York City mayor and known communist, Bill de Blasio has already shut down the city’s infamous Thanksgiving Day Parade all because of the scamdemic. With more than two months until Thanksgiving day, de Blasio somehow already knows the COVID-19 hoax will somehow play a role.
Luckily, de Blasio is being mercilessly mocked on social media for his heavy-handed tyrannical decision. De Blasio’s attempt to “reinvent” the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, an American tradition, was met will all kinds of disdain. The parade will be “reinvented” and held virtually this year due to safety concerns around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic hoax. “It will not be the same parade we are used to,” De Blasio said at a press conference on Monday, according to a report by RT. “It will be a different kind of event. [Macy’s is] reinventing the event for this moment in history.”
The mayor attempted to downplay the scale of these changes by reminding citizens that the fourth of July fireworks show was also greatly scaled back. Don’t be surprised is these tyrants pull off another lockdown banning people from being with family during the holidays. Because of his willingness to exert control over everything and every person, the public is hitting back.
Many view de Blasio’s decision as an “ongoing culture war” between the left and the right, and accused him of wanting to cancel Christmas, and I’d be lying if I said that that is beneath even this comrade.
This is just one more example of the total control these people want over everyone’s life. They are cancelling whatever they can and most Americans are still not speaking out against this. If we continue to let this drag on, we will all be slaves injected and subservient to the New World Order and the ruling classes of the planet.
One would think that when Democrat Ted Wheeler — the far-left mayor of far-left Portland, Oregon — takes to the streets to speak to a throng of amped-up left-wing rioters, their common ideologies would win the day, and Wheeler would make a little dent in the universe.
But once again, the left dined upon one of their own.
Members of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s security staff fight to close a door to The Portland Building after protesters followed and heckled the mayor when he left a protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 22, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images
Thing is, these particular leftists have been burning down Portland night after night for nearly two months, trying to breach and set fire to a federal courthouse, destroying property, attacking police, and intimidating and beating up just about anybody who makes the mistake of getting in their way.
Wheeler added that federal officers were guilty of an “egregious overreaction” and that it only managed to “piss everybody off even more. It made people angry.” Wheeler likened the feds’ “urban warfare” to kicking “a hornets’ nest.”
I’m pretty sure blowing air on a fire at a federal courthouse is felony arson
The mayor and police chief of a Massachusetts city are apologizing to residents for a phrase seen on an electronic traffic sign.
What was on it, you ask? Profanity? Sexual innuendo? Anti-Semitism?
Nope. The offending message read, “The Safety of All Lives Matter,” WCVB-TV reported.
What are the details?
Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle told the station a traffic officer was ordered to change the sign’s wording from a reminder that fireworks are illegal to a more general traffic safety message.
A Melrose resident parked near the sign told a WCVB photographer that the new message read, “The speed limit is 25 mph. Please drive safely. The safety of all lives matter.”
Lyle said Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur told him about the “unfortunate and improper wording” on the traffic sign, the station said.
“I am aware that the phrase ‘all lives matter’ is commonly used as a misguided counter to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Lyle told the station. “The sign was immediately changed and, at the request of the mayor, I launched an investigation, which is ongoing.”
The chief added to WCVB that the traffic officer who posted the message said he didn’t do so with “malicious or political intent” and didn’t realize the totality or impact of what he wrote. Lyle added to the station that the findings of the investigation will be made public.
Lyle also told WCVB he’ll address the matter with all of his officers and, effective immediately, will require all messages on roadways and electronic signs to be approved by his office before going live.
“On behalf of the Melrose Police Department, I sincerely apologize to our residents and anyone who drove past the sign today,” the chief noted to the station in a statement.
Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur shared a photo of the traffic sign on his Facebook page Wednesday, WCVB said, adding that Brodeur wrote in his post: “I have ordered that it be taken down immediately and am taking steps to find out how this happened. I apologize to the residents of Melrose.”
Image source: WCVB-TV video screenshot
The traffic sign is still up in the area of 236 Main St. but no longer displays the message, the station said.
“The phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ is a trigger,” Brodeur told WCVB. “It does not lead to an atmosphere where we can make progress, [where] we can have uncomfortable conversations and try to move it forward.”
The resident who disclosed the full wording of the sign said the “all lives matter” wording had been up for a couple of days, the station reported.
“I would prefer that it said anything else but ‘All Lives Matter’ for right now with everything that’s going on,” the resident added to WCVB. “I don’t think that it was, probably, appropriate to have in our city.”
Houston’s Democratic mayor said a “board of shame” could come for city businesses that violate Harris County’s face mask mandate, KHOU-TV reported.
What are the details?
Mayor Sylvester Turner at his daily news conference Wednesday said he was considering a board that would identify businesses that are “working against the rules,” the station said.
The county’s mask order went into effect Monday and requires all businesses to enforce the wearing of face masks for staff and customers when indoors, KHOU reported.
More from the station:
Turner specifically spoke about bars and restaurants, where crowds have flocked to in recent weeks at a time when the Greater Houston area’s novel coronavirus numbers are beginning increase.
Under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plan, bars are allowed to open at 50 percent normal capacity, while restaurants can welcome up to 75 percent of their normal capacity.
Over the weekend, however, the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission suspended the license of 17 bars in the state, including two in the Houston area, for being over capacity and not enforcing social distancing.
Turner said members with both the Houston police and fire departments will be enforcing bars and restaurants this weekend and tipping off TABC about those businesses that aren’t following the rules.
“I do think it’s important for people to know who’s being a good citizen, and who’s not,” Turner said, according to KHOU, adding that no one will be jailed.
“I do want to put people on notice that as we move closer to the weekend, we are going to actively monitor whether or not people are complying with occupancy requirements, wearing their masks, because we want to really crack down on people who are not adhering to the rules,” he added, the station said.
Turner said customers are interested in businesses that operate in customers’ best interests, KPRC-TV reported.
“The confidence of the customer will determine the viability of the business,” he also said, according to KPRC. “We want people to be good partners and good citizens. If you are not, you need to go on the board of shame.”
Houston reported 987 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and seven more deaths linked to the virus, KHOU noted, adding that there are now over 16,000 coronavirus cases in the city, including 204 deaths, and that more than 3,500 people have recovered.
“Please take this virus seriously,” Turner also said, KHOU reported. “The goal is to, again, flatten this curve and slow the progression to make sure we don’t become the epicenter of this virus in this country.”
Drivers in downtown Columbus, Ohio, called 911 last week saying protesters were surrounding and threatening them, WSYX-TV reported.
The station played audio of one frightened woman who told a dispatcher that protesters were “laying” on her vehicle.
A male 911 caller said, “I’m being threatened. I want the police here now. They’re surrounding my car. They’re blocking traffic. The police need to protect me,” WSYX reported.
Another man told 911 that motorcyclists were “popping wheelies” and that it looked nothing like a protest, the station said.
How did one 911 dispatcher respond?
The 911 dispatcher who took the aforementioned man’s call was heard on audio saying that Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther gave authorities some pretty explicit instructions about protesters, WSYX reported.
“We were told by our mayor to stand down, so the mayor has given them full reins of the street,” the dispatcher said, according to the station.
The caller replied, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“Nope,” the dispatcher was heard answering, “we were told to stand down.”
WSYX also noted a Facebook post was shared multiple times warning people to stay away from downtown and alleging protesters were blocking cars, police cruisers, and buses. The post’s author added that officers are under a city-imposed order to stand down and “even if we do respond, you’re on your own,” the station added.
What did police have to say?
Columbus police disputed the “stand down” claim on the department’s Facebook page, calling it “false.”
“CPD officers have not been asked to ‘stand down’ to protesters,” the post added. “No direction that Mayor Ginther has given to Chief [Thomas] Quinlan over the last three days would have prevented police officers from intervening in a situation where a car or a person within it were being attacked. If people or property are threatened, there are many tactics at the disposal of police to address the situation. However, the incident described does not sound like one in which tear gas would have been considered appropriate before this week’s direction.”
What did the mayor have to say?
The mayor’s office said there was no executive order for police to stand down, WSYX reported, and that Ginther is open to recommendations from the Fraternal Order of Police to address the community concerns.
What did an FOP member have to say?
“From what I’m hearing from our brass and our rank and file, there is a lot of confusion and not very good direction being given on how to handle those situations,” Keith Ferrell of the FOP told the station. “And I just think the public and the officers deserve to know how we’re gonna handle these things.”
The city council of Bloomingdale, Georgia, has asked the mayor to immediately resign over his comments on Facebook ripping those he believes possess “privilege,” including those who wear “$300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance” and those who wear “$200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.”
“What is privilege?….
“Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.
“Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance.
“Privilege is having a Smartphone with a Data plan which you receive no bill for.
“Privilege is living in subsidized housing where you don’t have a water bill, where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on your table.
“Privilege is the ability to go march against, and protest anything that triggers you without worrying about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such behavior.
“Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and [to] be able to send them off to daycare or school you don’t pay for.
“Privilege is sending your kids to school early for the before-school programs and breakfast, and then keeping them there for the after-school program…paid for by the people who DO HAVE TO DEAL WITH RISING TAXES AND COSTS! …you know, us so-called ‘PRIVILEGED’ the ones who pay while you TAKE TAKE TAKE!”
City council wants Rozier to ‘tender his resignation immediately’
Bloomingdale’s city council asked for Rozier’s immediate resignation over his comments, according to a news release posted Thursday on the city’s Facebook page.
The council said it doesn’t “condone or endorse any single or collective posts” from Rozier, and that it’s “unfortunate that Mayor Rozier’s [post] on Facebook has caused this set of circumstances and ill will in our beloved community. In no way does this reflect the ideals and values of the City of Bloomingdale or the Bloomingdale City Council.”
The statement concluded: “Based on the actions of Mayor Rozier, the entire City Council has respectfully requested that Mayor Rozier tender his resignation immediately.”
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) spoke out on Thursday in defense of the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” set up by protestors in her city, while police officers voiced concern over the fact that response times to non-demonstrating residents in the six-block area were being delayed amid push-back from activists proclaiming the area to be “cop-free.”
What are the details?
Durkan tweeted, “The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone #CHAZ is not a lawless wasteland of anarchist insurrection – it is a peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief and their desire to build a better world. Given his track record, it’s not hard to believe that Trump is wrong, yet again.”
The mayor’s slam against President Donald Trump was a response to the president threatening earlier in the day to shut down the “anarchists” himself if she and Gov. Jay Inslee (D) didn’t do so soon.
But Seattle police officers — including their top brass — voiced frustration over the fact that activists were hindering law enforcement’s ability to serve residents within the declared CHAZ who were not part of the demonstrator’s political movement.
Townhall reporter Julio Rosas posted video on Twitter with the message, “Tensions are high in the CHAZ after some officers came in to enter the East Precinct. Some in the crowd wanted to make sure nothing happened to the officers. Others wanted to prevent the officers from entering the zone. Arguments are breaking out amongst the crowd.”
According to Fox News, “at one point, a female officer can be overheard telling a protestor that ‘our 911 response time has tripled from what it was before we had officers not working out of this precinct.'”
ABC News reported that Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best confirmed the delays while addressing officers on Thursday, relaying to them that “as a result of their officers’ vacancy, police can’t respond to calls in the neighborhood for other violent crimes.”
Best told her officers, “You should know, leaving the precinct was not my decision. You fought for days to protect it. I asked you to stand on that line, day in and day out.” She added, “I’m angry about how this all came about.”
After a Christopher Columbus statue was beheaded overnight in Boston, the city’s Democratic mayor said Wednesday the statue will be placed in storage while conversations take place about the “historic meaning” of the vandalism — and whether or not the statue will ever go back up, WBZ-TV reported.
“This particular statue has been subject to repeated vandalism here in Boston, and given the conversations that we’re certainly having right now in our city of Boston and throughout the country, we’re also going to take time to assess the historic meaning of this action,” Mayor Marty Walsh said, according to the station.
Image source: WBZ-TV video screenshot
The statue in Christopher Columbus Park on Atlantic Avenue was surrounded by crime scene tape early Wednesday morning, WBZ said, adding that the head of the statue was on the ground next to the base.
Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant and her staff let hundreds of George Floyd protesters inside City Hall on Tuesday night after which she appeared to call her fellow council members “sellouts” and protesters called for Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan to resign, KOMO-TV reported.
City officials said the building is typically locked at night, the station said.
Sawant is an outspoken socialist. Indeed, during a Bernie Sanders campaign rally earlier this year, she told the adoring crowd, “We need a powerful socialist movement to end all capitalist oppression and exploitation!”
Once inside City Hall, she spoke to protesters and lamented about having to deal with “sellouts” and “corporate politicians,” an apparent reference to her fellow council members.
“When I’m sitting on the dais, every moment I remind myself, they’re not my people, you’re my people,” she told the protesters who responded with cheers.
But just in case you thought the throng was one big, happy, monolithic family, one protester reportedly warned the councilwoman to not use Black Lives Matter to advance her personal political ambitions.
Protesters also called for the defunding of police, KOMO said.
Officers deployed tear gas on protesters in Capitol Hill Saturday night, one day after the mayor announced a 30-day ban on using tear gas, the station said.
What did the mayor have to say?
In response to the protest, Durkan’s office released the following statement Tuesday night, KOMO reported:
Mayor Durkan will not be distracted from the critical work that needs to be done at a moment that Seattle is facing its most challenging time in its history. The disparities, health, and economic impacts of the pandemic are an unprecedented challenge. Now we are faced with the pain and trauma relating to the murder of Mr. Floyd and the generations of systemic racism in our city and country that rightfully need to be addressed not through words but action. The City has so much healing and work to do — that is where Mayor Durkan will continue to spend her focus in the coming days, weeks and months ahead. At this pivotal moment, we cannot fan division when we need to come together to make actual steps on policing, invest in community, safely reopen our city to get workers back to work, and address the inequities in every system, including in education, housing, access to wealth building jobs and the criminal justice system.
As the person who originally investigated the Seattle Police Department for the unconstitutional use of force, Mayor Durkan believes that SPD can lead the nation on continued reforms and accountability, but knows this week has eroded trust at a time when trust is most crucial.
Mayor Durkan has worked non-stop over the last three months to keep our community safe and to address the inequities of the pandemic in our community. Working together, we must focus our investments in opportunities for communities of color and increase efforts that go even beyond what we built the first two years, like free college, expanding preschool, protecting domestic workers and rideshare drivers, building affordable housing, and investing in community led youth safety programs.
The requirement to keep lists of worship service attendees was part of the reopening plan for nonessential businesses. The city’s website noted the “10/10/10 rule,” which “specifies that these businesses must limit the number of individuals on-site (inclusive of employees and customers) to no more than 10 percent of building occupancy or 10 people (whichever is larger), and record the names, contact information, and approximate entry/exit time of all customers who are on premises for more than 10 minutes.”
The website added: “In-person religious gatherings (including weddings and funerals) may resume, subject to the 10/10/10 rule (if held inside), or limited to 50 people outside, provided social distancing precautions are followed and event organizers maintain records of all attendees.”
I am running out of adjectives to describe how completely insane the tyrannical abuses launched by state governors and local officials against pastors and churches are becoming. It is as if these leaders never bothered to so much as glance at the Constitution they swore to uphold and defend. They seem to be governing from some make-believe, dystopian viewpoint. …
The Germans did this very thing to Jews – collecting the names and locations of all known synagogue attendees – in the early days of the Nazi regime.
Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined Nazi-like measures designed to surveil, track and spy upon what was once a FREE American people. Yet that is exactly what Kansas City’s misguided government officials are now demanding.
Change of heart
However, Lucas appears to have experienced a change of heart — and the Kansas City Star reported that he signed new guidance Monday making record-keeping optional, saying merely that businesses and religious groups “should consider” the data.
Lucas’ spokeswoman, Morgan Said, told the paper that the mayor “late last week and over the weekend … felt clearer guidance expressing the voluntary nature of the requirement would be helpful, so the city could discuss the core public health needs addressed by allowing for contact tracing, rather than engaging in ad nauseum political debate.”
Here’s a clip of Lucas explaining the path forward for Kansas City’s reopening. “Must gather contact info of all attendees” can be seen on the bottom right-hand corner of the large 10/10/10 sign.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper (D) floated a 31.7% property tax increase in his budget proposal this week, saying the city is facing “the greatest financial challenge” its seen in decades.
The citizens of Tennessee’s capital city have had a devastating year already, after being hit with deadly tornadoes and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But Nashville had a massive budget shortfall long before those tragedies struck, and critics say a dramatic tax hike on struggling residents and small businesses during the current crisis is “an insult.”
What are the details?
The Tennessean reported that “Cooper’s $2.44 billion budget proposal is about $115 million more than this year’s budget,” and noted that “after two deals to bring in an influx of cash faltered last year, Nashville’s house of cards collapsed, leading to a $42 million shortfall.”
Since the city was already deeply in the hole, being hit with a terrible storm followed by the coronavirus put Nashville in an even more dire situation — and the mayor says federal funds to help with both emergencies are not enough to bridge the gap.
So, Cooper insists, a property tax rate is necessary in order avoid layoffs of city employees, and that budget cuts would still be necessary. His proposal to raise rates by $1 would mean that the tax bill for a home valued at $250,000 would go up by roughly $625 per year.
WKRN-TV reported that business owners in the city “are in disbelief” over Cooper’s plan for the nearly 32 increase on property taxes. Just like for homeowners and renters, whether they own or lease, they will bear the brunt of the hike while many are out of business or out of work.
Will Newman, who owns Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Pancho and Lefty’s Cantina told the outlet, “It’s an insult to small businesses in Nashville that are literally at best on their knees, but most are on the ground. It’s like getting kicked in the gut with a steel toed boot.”
Newman said, “This will absolutely crush whatever restaurants are left. Crush it. Small businesses in Nashville are on life support and you know our plea now is to metro council: do the right thing and propose an alternate budget that is balanced in its approach and not shocking to the core.”